Indian opening batsman Shubman Gill credited Ravindra Jadeja and stand-in-captain Ajinkya Rahane to help India regain control in the second day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia. The duo’s unbroken century partnership headlined a day that belonged to the tourists. Shubman Gill reckons that the stand between the two was highly crucial.
Shubman Gill, who fell in the first session of the second day, made a vital 45 runs following which Cheteshwar Pujara was also back in the hut. Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane shared crucial partnerships with Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja to tilt the scales back to India’s favour. Rahane finished the day with an unbeaten 104.
Shubman Gill started by praising Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten innings of 40 as he walked out to bat when India were 173-5. The youngster felt that it was a moment that the visitors could have slipped and gifted the advantage to Australia thus the duo’s stand was highly crucial.
“I think it was a really valuable knock. He went into bat when we were 170 something for five. It’s very easy for us to loosen up and let the opposition back in the game. So the partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Jadeja was really important for us,” Gill said as quoted by ANI.
It was a magnificent knock to watch from the outside: Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill did not forget to heap praises on Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten century, mentioning it as the one constructed on the back of patience against a high-quality bowling attack at their peak. The Punjab-born cricketer rated it as a magnificent one to watch from the sidelines.
“The way he was so patient. This knock was all about patience. More importantly, when you are playing against such a high-quality bowling attack sometimes you can go in that shell and you are not able to score runs. It was a magnificent knock to watch from the outside,” he added.